#Angola: Project Details on #Luanda US$3b Surface Metro Rail

The Luanda Surface Metro works comprise four phases, the first of which will be completed in 2025 and will link the centrality of Kilamba and the Port of Luanda,

The Government of Angola recently announced that works will start next year on the Luanda surface metro project. The transport minister also announced that the project already has a financier.

The details are truly unique.

Ricardo d”Abreu, who reaffirmed that this project aims to solve the city’s urban mobility problems, guaranteed that, when completed, it will benefit more than three million inhabitants and the work on the first 30 kilometers will begin in mid-2022.

The Luanda Surface Metro works comprise four phases, the first of which will be completed in 2025 and will link the centrality of Kilamba and the Port of Luanda, the minister said.

The official, who was speaking at the opening of the international press conference on the project, said that the metro line would have 149 kilometers, and would cover the axes Porto de Luanda-Cacuaco, Avenida Fidel Castro Ruz-Benfica, Port of Luanda-Largo da Independência and City of Kilamba-Largo da Independência.

“In order to better share the risks, the project will be developed in a public-private partnership, involving agents who guarantee rigorous execution of the various components associated with this investment”, said the minister.

However, during the construction of the Luanda Surface Metro, populations will be displaced, but the authorities ensure that everything is taken care of.

According to Ricardo D”Abreu, the criterion for choosing the first 30 kilometers, which will connect the centrality of Kilamba to the Port of Luanda, has to do with population density and the flow between suburban and urban areas of the city of Luanda. .

The minister stressed that this project will alleviate transport problems in Luanda and significantly reduce car traffic.

Ricardo D”Abreu also said that the Executive will be responsible for establishing a system of benefits to private investors, through tax exemption, tax benefits, and expropriation, in articulation with various entities and public institutions in Angola.

The construction of the future metro in Luanda will be in charge of the German company Siemens, which signed last February the memorandum of understanding between the company and the Ministry of Transport, having signed by the parties the company’s executive director, Michael Peter, and Ricardo D” Abreu, by the Angolan Executive.

According to Ricardo D”Abreu, the Angolan state will have a 30% stake, with the other part being the responsibility of interested private agents.

The new governor of Luanda, Ana Paula de Carvalho, also present at the press conference, believes that the metro will help improve urban mobility in the city of Luanda.

Last April, the President of the Republic, João Lourenço, created a multi-sectorial commission, headed by the Minister of Transport, to prepare the conditions for the launch of the public-private partnership responsible for implementing the “Luanda Surface Metro” project.

The Commission is made up of the ministers of Public Works and Spatial Planning, Interior, Finance, Economy and Planning, Energy and Water and Culture, Tourism and Environment, the governor of Luanda and the secretary of the President of the Republic for the Judicial and Legal Matters.

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